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Board Briefs - May 12, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, May 12 (the full agenda packet can be found here). To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the May 12 board meeting was conducted using the Zoom meeting platform, which allowed attendees to join the meeting virtually.  

NOTE:

We apologize to any member of our community, staff or student body who had difficulties joining the May 12 meeting of the Board of Education via the Zoom platform. 

As the meeting began, staff members received multiple reports of individuals not able to connect. The experience was not universal with some individuals connecting without a problem and others finding errors or no response at all from the system. It would appear that most attendees were able to join the meeting after multiple attempts or extended delays. 

In researching the cause, district staff has found reports of other nearby districts that experienced similar issues during their Zoom meetings last night and Zoom support is reporting that the system was experiencing issues that prevented users from joining meetings. Zoom attributes the problem to capacity issues in a data center and indicates that they have reallocated capacity to address the issues and will monitor the situation. 

It is the intent of the Board of Education and district staff to provide all members of our community with an effective and useful method to participate in board meetings while in-person gatherings are not allowed. We will continue to research solutions that improve stability of our offering and work the provide the smoothest experience possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Board hears update on revised summer learning program for 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Juan Unified will be shifting summer programs to a distance-learning model and will be reducing the scope of summer programs offered for 2020. Specifically, as we make this shift, we will continue to focus on high school credit recovery as well as academic support for English learners, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged students. 

In other news...

  • The board reviewed new proposed high school courses. The proposed courses of study provide a high level of rigor, deeper opportunities for study, and promote college and career readiness. These courses include:
    • Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture 
    • Biology: The Living Earth 
    • Chemistry in the Earth System 
    • Computer Science: Information Technology Essentials 
    • Computer Science: Information Technology Fundamentals 
    • Cyber Security 
    • Honors Biology: The Living Earth 
    • Honors Chemistry in the Earth Science
    • Honors Physics of the Universe 
    • IB Math: Analysis Standard Level 
    • IB Math: Analysis Higher Level 
    • IB Math Applications Standard Level 
    • Physics of the Universe 
    • Writing for the Stage 

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 26. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.